Links I Love

posted on: Friday, March 24, 2017

• A video sneak peek into Julia's Charleston home tour.
• 9 questions that'll help reveal your dream career.
• A round-up of Instagram hot-spots in L.A..
• 7 things to do in advance to prep for a party.
• Holistic ways to relieve stress and unwind.
• A trench coat that's on sale and perfect for spring.

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10 Things I'm Excited for This Spring

posted on: Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy (official) first day of spring! Does it feel like spring where you live? We're not quite there here in Chicago, but I have faith warmer days are around the corner. In case you missed it, I'm traveling to Arizona later this week — and I'm realizing when I return, April will have arrived and spring will (likely) feel more underway. To make the most of the season, I'm putting together a spring 'to-do' list and anticipating things I'm most looking forward to in the coming months...

Visits from out-of-town friends  |  I'm thankful for many friends locally in the city, but I sure miss those farther away! A few out-of-town friends have plans in the works to visit Chicago this spring and I can't wait for their company.

D├ęcor updates around home  |  I'm one of those people who will leave Christmas and wintery decorations up as late as possible, but when it's time, spring decor feels so fresh and revitalizing. I'm thrilled to be working with a beloved home brand this spring... so stay tuned for more soon!

Giving our balcony some TLC  |  On a similar note, winter really takes a toll on outdoor space. Once it's warmer, I'm looking forward to giving our balcony a little TLC and planting some greens + flowers.

Trying a new class at my gym  |  I recently re-joined my former gym and have been trying to stick to a more consistent routine, exercise-wise. I'm thankful my gym offers a variety of classes, in addition to all the traditional equipment and facilities. I'd love to get on board with a new class, like Pilates or circuit training.

More time outdoors  |  Warmer months translate to more time spent outdoors, from lakeshore walks and neighborhood bike rides, to rooftops and patios. Basically, any excuse to be outside is a good one.

Trips to the farmers market  |  Chicago has several markets throughout the year, but my favorites are Green City in Lincoln Park and my local Lakeview market during the summer months. Most open outdoors for the season in May... I'll be there!

Cleaning out closets |  Okay, this isn't the most 'fun' thing on this list... but it's one that's necessary. (Real talk: Why do we hold on to things we don't need, use, or even like?) I'm pretty good about not keeping too much excess 'stuff' around, but I could be better organized and donate a few items no longer getting the love they deserve.

Embracing seasonal blooms  |  Spring is all about tulips, peonies and ranunculus. Fresh flowers are such a treat at home and I love finding $5 bouquets at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. They also make a great hostess gift, or a thoughtful surprise to someone special!

Celebrating Easter and Cinco de Mayo  |  Easter is the ultimate spring holiday (and always reminds me of wearing pastels, searching for candy, and enjoying Sunday brunch with family). I also have to say, Cinco de Mayo is up there on fun occasions to celebrate.

Progressing with wedding plans |  Last, but not least, I'm excited to be making progress with wedding plans! We're checking off a few bigger items on the list now, and I'm looking forward to delving into specifics with vendors as the summer months unfold.

What are you most looking forward to this spring?

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Sunny Getaway

posted on: Friday, March 17, 2017

Words can't capture my excitement for a little getaway to sunny Arizona next week. This time of year, I really begin craving some warm weather... surely I'm not the only one! The southwestern desert climate offers a welcome chance to wear brighter colors and styles for spring... so I promise new outfit posts soon! Here's to hoping some sunshine is in your near future, too :) 



posted on: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

{celebrating this year as the 7th year calling Chicago 'home'}

{pretty cotton candy skies}

{sharing an easy, make-at-home acai bowl recipe}

{reminiscing a visit to L.A. last spring... and wanting to return soon!}

{chatting 3 little luxuries I personally love}
{a familiar snapshot appeared on The Knot this week!}

{missing those sunny, spring-like days in Chicago}

{and on the wedding front: we set our date! details to come...}

Spring Fever

posted on: Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy Friday, friends! A collection of spring styles catching my eye lately...


3 Personal Little Luxuries

posted on: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

If you'd ask me what "little luxuries" or personal indulgences I like most, I'd say: (1) A strong cup of coffee in the morning, (2) fresh flowers in our kitchen, or (3) quality sleepwear and pretty underpinnings. When the bra company ThirdLove asked if I wanted to try a few pieces for myself, I happily agreed because I had been hearing good things about the up-and-coming brand. I chose two different styles (both I honestly wear and love!)... the Contour Plunge, which is ultra-flattering and perfect for under fitted shirts, and the Lace Balconette, covered in beautiful lace and available in 7 different colors. What's amazing is that ThirdLove allows you to "try before you buy" for 30 days and offers free returns & exchanges, to ensure a perfect fit — no matter your shape, size and skin tone. So if you dislike bra shopping in stores as much as I do — and just want a pretty, but well-made, quality bra... click over to ThirdLove.

Floral robe by Plum Pretty Sugar

Thank you ThirdLove for partnering this post.

Links I Love

posted on: Monday, March 6, 2017

• Inside a chic Chicago apartment tour I love.
• 5 tips to negotiate better with just about anyone.
• A beautiful blue-and-white inspired brunch at home.
• This seersucker dress would be perfect for spring.
• A look at what I eat for breakfast (on healthy days!)
• 6 ways to upgrade a kitchen without major renovation.
• 10 tips to stay creative, according to a pro designer.

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